The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters has asked provinces of Hainan and Guangdong as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to keep a close eye on Haiyan and upgrade their precautions.
Haiyan, the 30th and strongest typhoon to hit China this year, arrived at 6 pm on Saturday at the eastern area of South China Sea, 370 km to the southeast of Sansha city, Hainan, after having wreaked havoc in the Philippines.
It will move northwestward at a speed of 30-35 km per hour, the headquarters said. The central and southern parts of Hainan and Sansha city are expected to be hit by downpours as Typhoon Haiyan approaches, the headquarters said.
Six people have been confirmed missing today after their cargo vessel got lost in the South China Sea in the typhoon, said the Sanya Maritime Bureau.
As of last night, most had returned, with a few still on their way back, a state-run news agency reported on Sunday. China has a four-tier, colour-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.


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